delimitation

International law without terminus ? Reflections on Delimitation

Abstract: 
While there is obviously no need to prove the importance of borders in the contemporary world, it is interesting to recall that the concern with where they run and questions of delimitation only became significant relatively recently, in the course of the eighteenth century. A notable exception to this is the question of border rivers whose meanderings modify supposedly ‘natural’ boundaries. Moreover, in contemporary practice, it is realised that the fact that many borders are not yet delimited and are still disputed is prejudicial neither to the definition of the State nor to the establishment of international relations. Even so, borders are a fundamental component of peaceful international relations, contrary to what supporters of a fully globalised world advocate, and it is best that hostile walls should not take their place.

International law without terminus : reflections on delimitation

While there is obviously no need to prove the importance of borders in the contemporary world, it is interesting to recall that the concern with where they run and questions of delimitation only became significant relatively recently, in the course of the eighteenth century. A notable exception to this is the question of border rivers whose meanderings modify supposedly ‘natural’ boundaries. Moreover, in contemporary practice, it is realised that the fact that many borders are not yet delimited and are still disputed is prejudicial neither to the definition of the State nor to the establishment of international relations. Even so, borders are a fundamental component of peaceful international relations, contrary to what supporters of a fully globalised world advocate, and it is best that hostile walls should not take their place.